Carillion Needed a Strong Dose of Vested

Carillion, the large British multinational facilities management and construction services company that went bankrupt early this year, is a textbook example of how not to collaborate, communicate and well, do business. Julie Jackson, managing director at OCS Group, summed up the situation nicely in a recent article for FMWorld. “If we can’t agree on a different way […]

Outsource Magazine — June 2018

Prahalad and Hamel: Corporations and Core Competence Column by Kate Vitasek published 2 June 2018 in Outsource Magazine. Here’s the link: http://outsourcemag.com/prahalad-and-hamel-corporations-and-core-competence    

Outsource Magazine — April 2018

Lacity and Willcocks: The Dynamic Duo of Dynamic Outsourcing Practice Column by Kate Vitasek published 27 April 2018 by Outsource Magazine Here’s the link: https://tinyurl.com/ycp4baqb

Expert Insights on Procurement’s Role in 2018

According to a recent Zycus report, “Procurement Experts Outlook 2018”, businesses are “more than ever exposed to a myriad of complex issues revolving around cost savings, operational efficiency and obtaining a competitive edge through available data and human resources.”

Outsource Magazine — March 2018 — 2-in-a-Box

Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) is all the rage and for a good reason. Far too many “strategic” contracts have been developed (especially outsourcing contracts) that do not include sound SRM practices.

Inside Supply Management — March 2018

It’s every supply management practitioner’s worst nightmare: You not only run out of supply of a key product — but the product that can shut you down.

Forbes — 22 February 2018

KFC Chicken Crisis: A Royal Foul-Up In Britain Blog post by Kate Vitasek published in Forbes on 22 February 2018. Here’s the link: https://tinyurl.com/yb584zzn  

Outsourcing Practices to Avoid

Traditional negotiation tactics all too often include hiding authentic intentions and using scare tactics to help tilt the playing field to their advantage. While aggressive tactics may get a short-term win, they often backfire, especially when used in longer term strategic supplier relationships and outsourcing contracts. These five scary practices should be avoided: Penny Wise […]

Siliconindia — January 2018

Five Steps to Collaborative IT Outsourcing Relationships Article by Kate Vitasek published 31 December 2017 in Siliconindia magazine. Here is the link: https://www.siliconindiamagazine.com/magazine/college-of-the-year-special-december-2017/#page=44

What Henry Ford Understood About Wages

In 1914 Henry Ford had a great idea – the mass production of automobiles for the masses. But he also knew that he needed highly productive workers – and a lot of them – to make that idea happen. So, he came up with another great idea, in fact something extraordinary and unheard of: pay […]